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At, WishABaby, we believe that a healthy pregnancy means a healthy birth to your bundle of joy. Thus, we always emphasize the importance of regular prenatal care, which by far is the best way to improve the chances of a healthy childbirth.
We, at WishABaby, have hence created a list of the most important aspects that you must keep in mind if you look forward to a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Stop wearing an under-wire bra if you are pregnant, since it restricts the growth of milk-producing glands in the breasts. Go for maternity bras instead.
Fluid retention is a big issue during pregnancy. Pregnant women quite frequently feel the urge to urinate, and this is why they often tend to commit the mistake of cutting down the fluid intake. But instead of helping, it will only lead to a dehydrated body. What you must do is, rest with elevated feet and practice reflexology, rather than depriving your body of the most important fluid.
Take good care of your diet. Never ever think about skipping meals to save on the rising pounds in your weight. Refer our Nutrition page for more details on why maintaining apt nutrition is necessary during pregnancy.
Do not miss any antenatal check-up. Since some complications during pregnancy only arise at a later stage, the earlier it is detected, the better it is to start treatment.
Avoid planning holidays without consulting your doctor. Let her guide your movements for a safer pregnancy. Your doctor may advise you not to travel if you have:
- History of a miscarriage or premature delivery
- Incompetent Cervix
- History of Ectopic Pregnancy
- Abnormality of the Placenta
- High Blood Pressure
- Conceiving Twins or more babies
- Gestational Diabetes
Keep healthy snacks like nuts or fruits like a banana by your bed. Morning sickness, which is a common condition during pregnancy, hits harder on an empty stomach. So keep your tummy at least slightly full and munch on something healthy, whenever you feel the need, even if it is a midnight wake up
Being pregnant doesn’t mean that you cannot exercise. Go for Yoga under a certified instructor. An active mother gives birth to a mentally and physically active child. Yes, there are certain exercises that must be avoided during pregnancy, like push-ups etc. So let the instructor guide you on how to exercise aptly.
Avoid smoking and say a clear no to alcohol. You should, in fact, also avoid aerated drinks if you look ahead to a healthy pregnancy. All these things are unhealthy for you as well as for your child. Also, avoid taking coffee or caffeinated drinks with your meals since caffeine stops iron absorption in the body, which may make your developing baby deprived of an essential nutrient required for healthy growth.
Keep up with adequate calcium intake during pregnancy. If you are allergic to dairy products, then consult your doctor and go for suggested calcium-enriched drinks and even soy milk.
Don't miss any vaccination that has been suggested to you during pregnancy. Try not invite illness since it will drop your immunity and then in-turn drop the immunity of your child as well.
Do not worry about any vaginal discharge, unless it is smelly or thick or greenish or stained with blood on regular basis.
Think positive! Psychologists reinforce that when the mother has a sound mental decorum, it has a great positive impact on the fetus.
Don't weave cobwebs of a very painful labor in your mind. Every women’s body is different. Hence avoid the horror stories of your friends affect your mental peace. A peaceful mind paves the way to give a peaceful birth. Fear and anxiety increase the concentrations of the hormones like Catecholamines, which can delay the child labor and increase problems for you and the baby.
Track your weight gain every week. To know how much weight gain is ideal for you during pregnancy, first of all check using a BMI calculator whether your weight falls in a normal range or if you are underweight or overweight.
- If you are underweight, you should gain 28-40 pounds per week
- If you have a normal weight, you should gain 25-35 pounds per week
- Overweight women should gain only 15-25 pounds every week
WishABaby wants you to remember that pregnancy is the most important and amazingly beautiful phase in a woman's life. A first-time mom is bound to be anxious, and trust us it is OK. But have faith in your medical expert, have faith in God, and above all have faith in yourself. All will be well, if you take care of the above important aspects.